In the summer of 2013, we disassembled a modern tower-house, removing it from the edge of a tidal estuary in Cedar Key, FL.
We packed the salvaged materials and fixtures into a 40' shipping container, sent them to Texas on a flatbed, and reworked them into the Churchill residence.
This project was conceived of as a test of landscape reclamation, building material reuse, and is underpinned by unique personal and contextual circumstances. More about this story will be forthcoming.
This single story house was designed to use the materials salvaged from our project in Florida. Beyond this goal, our intentions were to capture breezes from the adjacent greenbelt, maximize the indoor/outdoor connection, and respect the ecological integrity of the site.
Built on stilts, this house touches the earth lightly. It is designed to be net zero with a large solar array and employs both traditional and innovative energy-efficient strategies.
The interior utilizes views, light, and verticality to maximize the feeling of space in a modest footprint.
Our vision for the currently shuttered Seaholm Intake facility proposed that the site is developed as a node within Lady Bird Johnson Lake's existing infrastructure and as a part of a larger initiative to integrate arts and recreation along the trail system.
The proposed interventions aimed to respect the historic character of the building, increase ecological health along the water's edge, and create a physical and visual connection between the lakefront and downtown.
A remodel of a single story Austin cottage. In progress -- check back.
A studio/office that was designed to reduce waste using full sheet-good dimensions and to vent heat passively through its perforated celling peak.
The windows were salvaged from the main house and custom frames were built for them. Unique door handle, cantilevered step, outdoor work table, steel windowboxes, and stepped entry fence with a magnetic closure were experimental design elements.
The exterior finish is homemade blackboard paint -- studio ideas envelop the studio... literally.
A small tool shed, retaining wall, and step give immediate structure to this garden.
Designed and built by Humdinger Studio, this project made use of scrap steel pieces, an old foundation remnant, and cedar in a simple configuration that was cost effective and efficient to construct.
Check back for another image after the plantings take.
A live-work space that makes the most of its small footprint.
In progress -- check back.
An examination of water infrastructure in the American West conducted with the Arid Lands Institute. This work culminated in the collection of geo-spatial data about the functional health of an acequia in northern, rural New Mexico. The information was presented to the community and subsequently used to martial resources for the preservation of the acequia.
Our capacity to perceive landscape functions and processes directly affects our ability to plan/design landscape interventions that repair or enhance ecological function.
Recognizing ecological processes at work in the landscape is a kind of ecoliteracy, however, prioritizing landscape functions during design, management, and maintenance is a sociocultural project.
This masters research examined which landscape functions are most readily perceived by landscape architects and how landscape architects prioritize landscape functions in their work.
Originating from J. B. Jackson's work and a Cultural Landscape Studies approach, this is an ongoing exploration of outdoor seating types, placement and meanings.
Cultural studies of our built environment --- be it vernacular or monumental, special or ordinary, intentionally designed and/or forgotten --- provide a rich set of data which can reveal information about our conceptual orientation toward the land, nature, the outdoors, and landscape.
The act of making offers vital information about tactility, materials, and connections. It is a practice that we prioritize; we try to build, fabricate, and spontaneously create on a regular basis.